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Insights for Mac review

As an effective data mining software, Insights for Mac can be used by professionals across industries. With it you can predict sales, project production and demand, organize and analyze data from government agencies, process climate-change-related information, and accomplish various other data mining, analysis, and forecasting tasks.

Pros

Self-organizing and mostly autonomous: Providing AI-backed data mining and analysis capabilities, Insights for Mac identifies relevant data and presents trends and projections with very minimal user intervention. The latest version already includes forecasting, supplementing the adaptive learning modeling methods present in the previous versions.

Model stability value calculation: This app comes up with … Read more

Belkin's slim, power-tracking WeMo Insight Switch delivers

Belkin's WeMo Switch smart power plug is one of our favorite smart-home devices because it provides such a low-risk home automation entry point. The new model, the $59.99 Belkin WeMo Insight Switch, has the same capabilities as the $49.99 original -- remote device power control, programmability, IFTTT support -- along with a more compact design, and the surprisingly deep ability to track the energy consumption of any gadget you plug into it.

Are those extras worth the $10 price premium? The smaller housing is more visually appealing than the original. For many people that alone will be … Read more

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Smartwatches: Staying power or fleeting technology?

While several companies are jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, it's not clear who exactly is buying these wearable picture-taking, texting, time-telling machines. Or, for that matter, if this wearable fad is here to stay.

A study released Thursday by consumer analytics firm On Device Research and telecoms analyst firm CCS Insight shows that many people have heard of smartwatches and other wearable technology, but ownership is still fairly low. The study's data is based on a survey of more than 1,500 smartphone owners in the US and UK.

"We are surprised by how many people are … Read more

Review: WaveInsight Video Converter Lite for Mac offers easy file conversions

With well-designed graphics and a number of useful features and formats with which to work, WaveInsight Video Converter Lite for Mac offers a great solution for those looking for a versatile conversion program. Many of its operations are automatic, making it a suitable program for those with little experience with file converting software, as well.

The program starts up with a medium-size window. The left side is clearly labeled as an area where users can click and drag files into the application. These can also be added manually with a clickable button. After selecting a video file, a thumbnail is … Read more

Get your brain in shape with Emotiv Insight headset

If Kickstarter is anything to judge by, people really want to train their brains and use them to control stuff by thought alone.

In only a few days, Emotiv has raised nearly half a million dollars, far more than its campaign goal of $100,000, to develop a "neuroheadset" called the Insight.

The Insight is a wireless 5-channel headset that records brainwaves so users can allegedly improve brain performance and turn data into commands to interact with computers, operating everything from apps to wheelchairs. … Read more

Hootsuite scores $165M from top Twitter investor

Hootsuite, a 4-year-old social media dashboard for businesses, has closed a $165 million round of funding at an undisclosed valuation. The round was led by Insight Venture Partners, a seasoned New York-based firm that pumped late-stage money into Tumblr and still holds a substantial stake in Twitter.

Hootsuite plans to use its excessive cash hoard to hire, expand internationally, and make acquisitions in the social ads and analytics space, CEO Ryan Homes told CNET. In addition, the exorbitant raise includes a secondary component of an undisclosed amount, meaning that a portion of the funds will go directly to company insiders … Read more

The 404 1,263: Where Caroline bribes us with bacon (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Google Think Insights on Dumb Ways to Die.

- Robert Scoble: My two-week review of Google Glass: it all depends on the price.

- Oh, you like cats? Follow Caroline on Instagram to see more.

- While you're online, check out Caroline's Tumblr, Twitter, and Medium, too.… Read more

Bad ads are ruining our (sex) lives, say Americans

Have you ever thought how pop-up ads really work on you?

I'm not looking for a rational answer. I am, as usual, trying to explore your feelings.

You see, things can affect us in insidious ways, so much so that we don't realize what we are becoming, until we have irrevocably become it.

Analytics company (1-1 consumer lifestyle predictive analytics company, to be precise) InsightsOne decided they had to know how ads were affecting Americans. In a deeper sense, you understand. So it commissioned Harris Interactive to probe, delve, and elicit.

The results are not an advertisement for … Read more

Venture capitalists offer up $2.1 billion in funding in Q2

Corporate venture-capital funding was on the rise during the second quarter of 2012.

Research firm CB Insights, which provides quarterly data on VC investments, revealed today that a total of $2.1 billion was offered up to startups during the second quarter in just 118 deals. The total invested capital nearly doubled the first quarter's $1.09 billion in investments. During the second quarter of 2011, funding hit $1.81 billion.

So, where is that cash going? According to CB Insights, Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of Instagram prompted corporate venture capitalists to flock to the mobile arena, where … Read more